Based on the facts as you have stated them, it does not appear that you dispute the allegations. Additionally, the offense itself is not a terribly serious one. However, the fact that you have a previous offense certainly does not help. With all this in mind, I would urge you to consider hiring an attorney to assist you in this matter.
A competent criminal defense attorney would be familiar with the local rules and laws, he would know the assigned judge and he would know the assigned prosecutor as well. Further, a private attorney could cover many of your court appearances for you, leaving you free to handle your business without concern for appearing in court.
First, you should begin with your state bar association. The New York State Bar has a website, it is located at www.nysba.org.
Additionally, Martindale Hubbell is a national organization that rates attorneys across the country. Their website is located at http://www.martindale.com/.
Another nationwide website is located at http://www.avvo.com/. This site lists attorneys by geographic location and area of practice.
Each of these resources will have a wealth of information as to attorneys in your area that handle such cases. I would suggest you check each site out and you will surely find a great number of attorneys that meet your needs. Pick a few to meet with in person, or contact by phone, so that you can thoroughly explain your situation and then retain the one that you feel can best represent your interests.
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